Overview for A Place to Live: Contemporary Tamil Short Fiction
Innumerable strands of ethnic, regional and universal experiences are woven together in this collection of fine short fiction spanning four decadesâ€”1960_1990â€”in which the short story emerged as the definitive genre of modern Tamil literature. Twenty-nine famous names are represented hereâ€”from Rajanarayanan to Paavannan and many others who have encapsulated the joys, sorrows and peculiar challenges of life in Tamil Nadu. Taken together, these stories represent a certain world view in which old ideas of honour and prestige, and the attitude of resignationâ€”to fate and to social hierarchiesâ€”are yielding place to an ethic of struggle and strategic compromise. The language itself is transformed in the process, churning up a new idiom that loses none of its freshness or vitality in translation.
Dilip Kumar (Editor)
Dilip Kumar, whose mother tongue is Gujarati, is a well-known short story writer in Tamil with several awards to his credit. He has published two collections of short stories (Moongil Kuruthu, Cre-A, Chennai, 1985, and Kaduvu, Cre-A, Chennai, 2000) and a critical work on Mauniâ€”a pioneer of Tamil short stories (Mouniyudan Koncha Thooram, Vanadhi Pathipagam, Chennai, 1992). He lives in Chennai and runs a small literary bookshop.
Vasantha Surya (Translator)
Vasantha Surya's translations from Tamil include R. Chudamani's novel, Iravu Chudar (Yamini, Macmillan India, 1996) and Vaasanthi's Kadaisee Varai (Birthright, Zubaan Books, 2004).